29th March 2021 — St Andrew’s Prep, Eastbourne has announced that, after a very thorough consultation and interview process, Tom Gregory has been appointed as the new Headmaster.
He succeeds Gareth Jones and will take up his post from September.
Mr Gregory started his career in the City of London working in investment banking but after ten years he followed his heart and moved into teaching, immediately finding his vocation.
He has held senior roles in various schools over the last thirteen years, including Deputy Head at Vinehall and his current position as Deputy Head at Ashfold School.
St Andrew’s Prep and Eastbourne are familiar territory for Mr Gregory; as a former pupil at both St Andrew’s Prep and Eastbourne College, he knows first-hand the schools' sense of family and community.
Mr Gregory will be joined by his wife Esther and their two children.
Mrs Gregory has a long standing 23-year teaching career in both senior and prep schools.
Mr Gregory will be working closely with Mr Jones to ensure a seamless transition and is looking forward to getting started: "I am both delighted and honoured to be the next Head at St Andrew’s Prep.
"It is a school with an outstanding reputation and its recent developments have shown it to be both innovative and forward thinking."
He continued: "The school today is much changed from the school I attended but remains firmly the same with regards to its ethos.
"The pride and passion for the school was clear to see from all staff and pupils that I met, something I share completely.
"Esther and I are excited to be joining the school community and I look forward to working with staff, pupils and parents to shape the exciting future of the school."
The team involved in the appointment of Mr Gregory were very impressed by him and believe he is the perfect fit for St Andrew’s Prep.
Mr Gregory will report to Tom Lawson, Headmaster at Eastbourne College who said: "I have known Tom Gregory for some time as an impressive and high-flying senior prep school figure, known for his hard work and attention to detail.
"His thoughtful, human approach to bringing out the best in young people chimes with the values of St Andrew’s Prep and the charity as a whole."
He continued: "He has a deep and abiding love for both schools as well as the wide experience needed to take a fresh look at the opportunities and challenges of the coming years.
"I have no doubt that under Tom and Esther’s care, the pupils, staff and parents will see St Andrew’s Prep build on its great strengths and move to the next level.
"I cannot wait to welcome them to our community."